The 187 returnees, departed their base in South Africa around 4:00 p.m aboard an Air Peace Boeing 777 aircraft, which landed in Lagos at 9:34 pm Wednesday night.
The Nigerians were received by the Chairman, Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Chairman of Air Peace airline, Allen Onyema.
Dabiri-Erewa informed returnees that the government had made available to them N40,000 recharge card to enable them communicate with their family members.
Out of over 600 Nigerians who registered for evacuation from South Africa, about 313 were billed to leave on Wednesday, but most of them could not travel with the first flight due to lack of travel documents.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has commended the management of Air Peace Airlines for the successful evacuation of the first batch of Nigerians from Johannesburg, South Africa
He also promised that the second batch of the evacuation exercise would commence soonest after working out necessary modalities with the Nigerian Mission in South Africa.
The minsiter disclosed this in a statement issued Thursday by Mr. Kimiebi Ebienfa of the Crises Monitoring and Public Communications Division of the ministry.
The minister, while receiving Nigerians that voluntarily decided to return to Nigeria following the incessant cases of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa including Nigerians also assured the federal government would continue to support and protect lives and property of Nigerians in diaspora.
He said, “The Minister of Foreign Affairs also promised that the second batch of the evacuation exercise will commence soonest after working out necessary modalities with the Nigerian Mission in South Africa.”